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ERIC Number: EJ1144638
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1051-144X
Thinking Critically about Data Displays
Duesbery, Luke; Braun-Monegan, Jenelle; Liu, Kimy; McCoy, Jan
Journal of Visual Literacy, v36 n1 p41-54 2017
The quality of a data display can have an impact on the interpretation of those data. A survey of the literature indicates that data displays can vary in quality of accuracy, clarity, and efficacy. In this study we develop and apply an evaluative rubric to graphs in a sample of six education journals: three research and three practitioner. Results indicate that graph quality is typically high in educational journals, however, in practitioner oriented journals issues around graph clarity and efficacy should be addressed. Common error patterns are pinpointed, and four recommendations are made to authors and editors: focus on meaningful labels, increase amount of data displayed, portray multiple relationships, and elaborate with supporting text.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Information Analyses
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Language: English
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